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The RFP is out for FastForward 2 Extreme Scale Technologies

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The DOE Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration has issued a Request for Proposals to further develop “extreme scale” supercomputer technology.

Don’t Play MacGyver With Your Data Center Cluster

Dr. Matthijs van Leeuwen, Founder and CEO of Bright Computing

MacGyver is a character famous for getting out of tough situations by coming up with a makeshift solution from whatever bits and pieces he found laying around. That’s no way to manage a critical part of your organization’s infrastructure.

Interview: Irish Centre for High-End Computing Plans for ISC’14

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“We have developed an active programme of industry engagement, typically consulting in niche areas and helping those partners exploit advanced computing within their organisations. This may be improving fraud detection algorithms, large-scale data management, tailored training courses or oil & gas related work. In fact it is very rarely about computer time! We also work with public sector bodies to support computing centric projects by the state and provide so-called platform technology support for research communities that need more than just raw cycles.”

NCSA to Host Symposium for Petascale Science and Beyond — May 12-15

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NCSA will host the Symposium for Petascale Science and Beyond May 12-15 in Champaign, Illinois.

Russia Offers Collaboration with India to Counter Chinese Supercomputing

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Over at The Economic Times, Peerzada Abrar writes that Russian supercomputing vendor RSC group and the Russian Academy of Sciences have proposed a collaboration with India to develop supercomputing facilities that will rival China’s Tianhe-2, the world’s fastest supercomputer.

GPU Acceleration Benefits for Applied CAE

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“This presentation examines the HPC performance characteristics of CAE software, and the current state of GPU parallel solvers in commercial CAE that support product design in manufacturing industries. Case studies from industry will be presented that include HPC adoption of GPUs for production CAE and HPC technology and the benefits they provide. Rapid simulation from GPUs demonstrates the potential of a novel HPC technology that can transform current practices in engineering analysis and design optimization procedures.”

Mira Supercomputer Powers Plasma Turbulence Simulations for Fusion Energy

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Researchers from Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory are using supercomputing power from Argonne to tackle the daunting challenge of fusion energy.

Interview: Transtec Solutions for HPC and Big Data Workflows

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“One of the hottest topics we see is remote visualization for post-processing simulation results. One big issue in traditional workflows in technical and scientific computing is the transfer of large amounts of data from where these have been created to where they are analyzed. Streamlining this workflow by processing where the data have been created in the first place is tantamount to shorten the wall-clock time it takes end users to get final results. At the same time, hardware utilization is greatly enhanced by using innovative technology for remote 3D visualization. For this, we have long since entered into a strategic partnership with NICE.”

Student Cluster Teams to Battle in Leipzig this Summer

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ISC’14 will host a Student Cluster Competition, organized in collaboration with the HPC Advisory Council. Held during the ISC exhibition in Leipzig towards the end of June, the Student Cluster Challenge is not just an opportunity to showcase student expertise but is designed to encourage the next generation of students to take up the challenges of high performance computing.

Video: Dr. Adam Gazzaley on the Future of Cognitive Enhancement

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“I will describe an approach developed in our lab that uses custom-designed video games to achieve meaningful and sustainable cognitive enhancement, as well the next stage of our research program, which uses video games integrated with technological innovations in software (e.g., brain computer interface algorithms, GPU computing) and hardware (e.g., virtual reality headsets, mobile EEG, transcranial electrical brain stimulation) to create a novel personalized closed loop system.”